For Immediate Release
November 3, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
Secretary of State Gwadosky Reports that a New
Record for Voter Turnout in Maine may be Within Sight
AUGUSTA, MAINE — Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky reported on Wednesday afternoon that Maine’s all-time record for voter turnout—73% of the state’s voting age population in 1992—may be in jeopardy. He announced that partial and unofficial election results indicate that yesterday’s General Election turnout in Maine will exceed 70% of the voting age population (VAP). If so, it would be only the third time in Maine history that the 70% turnout figure has been surpassed. In addition to the 73% turnout in 1992, more than 71% of eligible adults cast a ballot in the General Election of 1960.
“The initial numbers we’ve reviewed are very encouraging. Whether we surpass the current record of 73% or not, Maine people should be congratulated for taking great interest in this election and for supporting our democracy,” Secretary Gwadosky commented. “Maine has a long tradition of strong civic participation. Yesterday’s election will not only continue that tradition, but it may also set a new standard.”
Secretary Gwadosky also commented on the smooth handling of the election process throughout Maine. Having traveled from Presque Isle to Portland on Election Day, with about a dozen stops at voting locations along the way, Secretary Gwadosky praised local election officials for being organized and well-prepared.
“For an election of this size and magnitude, we experienced very few problems or incidents. Credit goes to local election officials throughout the state, as well as the staff at Maine’s Elections Division in Augusta. While elections will never be flawless, we can all take pride in how well the General Election of 2004 was conducted in Maine,” Gwadosky added.
Municipalities now have up to three business days to report their election results to the Secretary of State. The Elections Division will review and process those results in the coming days and prepare for any recounts that may be requested by candidates.